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15 Gems of Nature In Malaysia You Should Visit – 2020

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Malaysia should be a country deeply loved by a nature lover. From rainforests to crystalline seas, Malaysia offers once-in-a-lifetime ecotourism experiences.

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Whether you’re looking for the perfect backdrop to take stunning photos, want to discover the secret of nature, or just want an escape from city life, Malaysia has all kinds of amazing places worth visiting. This article has listed down the 15 Gems of Nature that you will be interested in, read on!

1. Batu Caves

One of Malaysia’s holiest Hindu sites and also one of the best natural attractions nearest to Kuala Lumpur, this is the place you won’t want to miss as a nature lover. Although the facade is manmade and a massive makeover has conducted, the natural beauty actually lies inside the cave temple area.

The caves also serve as Hindu temples, you’ll see people praying and giving offers inside the mountain. Also, beware of the monkeys along the way! They know how to steal and take care of your belongings.

Tips: The best time to visit Batu Caves is the end of January, which is during the Thaipusam Festival.

2. Taman Negara Malaysia

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Translating to ‘National Park Malaysia’, Taman Negara is the main national park in Malaysia and sits across the states of Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu. This 4343 square kilometer nature reserve combines rainforests, wildlife, canopy walks, caves and West Malaysia’s tallest peak: Gunung Tahan (‘Mount Tahan’). This is one of the best places to visit if you want to get back to basics and enjoy some of the prettiest unspoiled flora and fauna in Malaysia.

There is a lot to expect in Taman Negara. Experience walking on the world’s longest canopy walkway, visiting the aborigine village, trekking under the rainforest canopy, climbing the highest mountain in Peninsular Malaysia, caving, fishing, camping, observing wildlife, and many more.  You can start your tour from 4 departure points – Taman Negara, Jerantut, Kuala Lumpur, and Sungai Relau.

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Taman Negara has been featured as one of the best and most accessible nature reserves in West Malaysia.

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3. Rafflesias In Cameron Highlands

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One of the highlights of visiting Cameron Highlands is to discover the giant Rafflesia. The Giant Rafflesia is a parasitic flower that grows in limited regions across Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo. The largest species of flower in the world, Rafflesia grows in the rainforest regions of Lojing at the outskirts of Cameron Highlands towards Gua Musang. With a diameter reaching a meter or more, the flower is a magnificent sight to behold with its striking dark red coloration and notable putrid scent.

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Many operators and hotels in Tanah Rata and Brinchang organize tour packages to see this unique flower, but only when available as the flower grows seasonally. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to see Rafflesia flowers in bloom. These giant, stinky flowers can be found in the area all year-round.

4. Mossy Forest in Cameron Highlands

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You will definitely love this place if you are a fan of movie The Lord of The Ring. As the name suggests, this mesmerizing Mossy Forest is a lush area in the highland forest where moss has encapsulated the landscape. The forest is damp, gloomy and chilly. Walking through it, all kinds of feelings emerge, from appreciating its beautiful landscape to feeling spooked at times. But think about it, imagine you are entering an enchanted forest, everything will become excited and adventurous!

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Visitors may explore the mossy forest through a boardwalk 2km before the peak of Gunung Brinchang, accessible by road from the Boh Tea Sungai Palas intersection. Entrance fees only been charged to visitors entering up to the end of the boardwalk only. The fee for a 200m walk is around RM10.

5. Kilim Geoforest Park

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Langkawi Mangrove Forest Tour 🚤🏝 ⠀ Постом про экскурсию в мангровые леса я планировала завершить свои рассказы о Лангкави. Но, заглянув в папку с фотографиями, решила все же посвятить этому замечательному дню хотя бы парочку публикаций. Поэтому сейчас я выкладываю фото преимущественно самих мангров, а в следующем – с окружавшими нас пейзажами. ⠀ 🤓 Мангровые леса – одна из главных достопримечательностей Лангкави и, собственно, причина его включения в список мирового наследия ЮНЕСКО. Данная экскурсия, на мой взгляд, обязательна для каждого туриста. ⠀ Что собой представляют мангры? Это лиственные вечнозеленые леса, растущие в полосе прилива-отлива. Выше минимального уровня отлива, но ниже максимального уровня прилива. Их явная особенность – очень мощная, обширная корневая система. Мангровые леса на Лангкави – это запутанная, сложная сеть рек и бухт, где живут самые разные представители местной фауны. ⠀ Экскурсия проходит в восточной части острова, в заповеднике Килим Геопарк площадью 100 м2. Маршрут идет по извилистой реке Килим и включает несколько остановок: ⠀ ✔пещера летучих мышей, где можно увидеть сотни рукокрылых на стенах; ⠀ ✔обед на плавучей рыбной ферме (часто входит в стоимость экскурсии); ⠀ ✔крокодиловая пещера – крокодилы здесь жили раньше, но название осталось; ⠀ ✔кормление красно-коричневых орлов (символа острова). ⠀ Это один из наиболее популярных экскурсионных туров на Лангкави, его предлагают в любом отеле или турагентстве. Вы можете выбрать как частную прогулку (бронируя лодку исключительно для себя/компании) или заказать стандартный групповой тур с сопровождением гида. Мы выбрали второй вариант, т.к. хотелось не только полюбоваться на красивейшие пейзажи, но и узнать различные интересные факты о месте и регионе👍. ⠀ #langkawi_island #langkawi #malaysia #amazingdestination #amazingplaces #bestdestinations #bestplacestogo #mangrove #mangroves #ourworld #ourplanet #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #traveltheworld #aroundtheworld #tropicalparadise #tropical #traveladdict #mytravels #mytravelgram #traveltips #travelblogger #island #naturaleza #beautyofnature #ig_naturelovers #ig_travelerworld #ig_nature #лангкави #мангровыйлес

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I believe you get impressed by the photo shown above right? This coastal mangrove forest in Langkawi is a place with an ancient geological heritage, countless natural wonders, home to a myriad of flora and fauna, and a vibrant local community of Kilim Village.

Stopping at the jetty, you can then walk along with a wooden platform through a mangrove swamp while admiring the natural beauty of the overhanging Bogak tree, tree crabs, macaques and unique limestone formations. Regular tours take passengers along the river through the mangrove swamps.

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Not only is Kilim Geoforest Park a favorite excursion in Langkawi, but it’s also one of the best nature reserves in Malaysia for its accessibility and likelihood of seeing wildlife.

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6. Chiling’s Waterfall

When the heat and humidity get too much, head to waterfalls! Located within a gazetted forest reserve, The Chiling Waterfall is probably the most beautiful and impressive waterfall in Selangor. To get there you need to walk for about an hour and wade across the Chiling River five times so you need to have a sense of adventure and not mind getting wet. But trust me, your effort is worth it when you see how beautiful the waterfall is.

Chiling Waterfall is located in a reserve called the Sungai Chiling Fish Sanctuary, a fisheries research project run by the Selangor State Fisheries Department.

Take Note, the waterfall is only open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The local authorities did this in order to maintain the area’s pristine ecosystem. Fishing is prohibited as well.

7. The Trails of Bukit Kiara

Bukit Kiara is definitely a hiking paradise for hiking enthusiasts. The diversity of trails there has attracted a big following for being an excellent hiking site.

The trails of Bukit Kiara feels untamed, unmarked, and raw. With mother nature making roughing it up during the hard rain seasons –plenty of erosion and heavy pours – it springs us a surprise once in a while with fallen trees and rocks, and sometimes the occasional glimpse of its monkey tenants – this place is a natural wonderland for all that enter.

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8. Kuan Wellness Eco Park

Kuan Wellness Eco Park is a bird’s nest ecology park which is strategically located at Tanjung Sepat, between Sepang Goldcoast and Morib Gold Coast. The owners of Kuan Wellness Eco Park are bird’s nest producers and they have opened up one of their swiftlet farm buildings near Pantai Batu Laut to the public to explain about bird’s nest production.

There are few attractions in the park for nature lovers; an eco-farm (featuring many cute furry critters!), a few selfie spots, birdnest exhibition hall, an eco cafe and also a natural & organic pavilion.

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9. KL Forest Eco Park

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This is where you can explore the jungle in the busy city, KL. The KL Forest Eco Park, formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, is one of the oldest permanent forest reserves in Malaysia. Conveniently located beside the Menara KL Tower, this forest reserve covers an area of approximately 11, 0000 sq meters and was founded in 1906, making it the only remaining tropical rainforest in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city centre.

Besides canopy walk, there are few more attractions here; a herbal garden, picnic area, nature trails for jogging and trekking, information center and camping area.

10. Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest

Being part of the Sungai Lalang Forest Reserve, Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is managed by the Forestry Department of Selangor and features a scenic river plus waterfalls that are easily accessible. This stretch of unspoiled lowland dipterocarp forest is a very popular place for local residents to picnic alongside a scenic river and bathe in its crystal clear water or hike in the pristine rain forest.

The crystal clear and cool water here is safe for you to enjoy as it originates from the hill. If you prefer adventurous ways to spend your time, challenge the ATV!

11. Mount Kinabalu in Sabah

As the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia, climbing Mount Kinabalu is a great experience but also a super-challenging one. Climbing through the various vegetation zones of the mountain is fascinating. You’ll go from lowland rainforest, through the cloud forest, and on to sub-alpine meadows before reaching the granite fields of the summit plateau. Due to the UNESCO-protected Kinabalu National Park carefully controls the tourist footprint, remember to do a booking before you climb.

If you are not a mountain climber, you can still visit the Kinabalu National Park. Kinabalu Park is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. Also the Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia, the Park boasts more than 5,000 vascular plant species and the Park has no shortage of fauna as well, being home to some 90 lowland mammal species and many others.

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12. Kinabatangan River in Sabah

The Kinabatangan River is one of the best and most easily accessible places to see wildlife in Asia! Believe me, watching the wildlife along the Kinabatangan River will definitely become one of the most memorable experiences in your life! The Kinabatangan River is the longest river in Sabah and provides a unique and rich ecosystem.

You can expect to see Crocodiles, Hawks, Eagles, Hornbills, Kingfishers and much more. if you are very lucky you may catch a glimpse of the newly discovered Bornean ‘Pygmy’ Elephant feeding on the edge of the Kinabatangan River. As well as the animals and birdlife you can also spot many insects, reptiles and amphibians including snakes, frogs and stick insects.

There are few packages to experience the Kinabatangan River.
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13. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Sabah

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Морской парк Тунку Абдул Рахман (Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park) расположен у побережья острова Борнео в Малайзии и включает пять островов: Пулау Гайя (Pulau Gaya), Пулау Сапи (Pulau Sapi), Пулау Манукан (Pulau Manukan), Пулау Мамутик (Pulau Mamutik) и Пулау Сулуг (Pulau Sulug). «Pulau» в переводе с малайского означает «остров». Морской парк был основан в 1974 году и назван в честь первого премьер-министра независимой Малайзии Тунку Абдула Рахмана. Только Пулау-Гайя сохранил нетронутый лес семейства диптерокарповые. Мангровые леса играют жизненно важную роль в предотвращении эрозии берегов и служат питательной средой для животных. Также растут деревья пандан, эврикома длиннолистая, эвкалипты. На открытых скалистых участках преобладают примитивные цикадовые растения. Фауна включает в себя множество видов птиц и мелких млекопитающих. Среди зарегистрированных видов пернатых белобрюхие орланы, птицы-носороги, зеленые цапли, кулики, мухоловки и нектарницы. Встречается лесная ласточка, голуби и другие едоки фруктов, стаи перелетных болотных птиц, большая крачка Берга. Насекомые представлены бабочками и певчими цикадами. Наземные животные включают длиннохвостых макак, вараны, дикие кабаны, ящеры, обыкновенные носачи (находятся только на острове Гайя). В прохладное время года с ноября по февраль, цветение планктона привлекает криль (мелкие морские рачки), которые в свою очередь привлекают китовых акул, крупнейшую в мире рыбу. Также можно встретить зеленых черепах и черепах бисса. #Малайзия#Борнео#Калимантан#Острова#Malaysia#Borneo#Kalimantan#Islands

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Located just 3 km from Kota Kinabalu, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is made up of five islands– Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and Sulug. As the islands are only a short boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu it is a popular destination among both locals and tourists.

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According to Wonderfulmalaysia, Gaya and Manukan are the biggest islands within the marine park (though Manukan is tiny compared to Gaya). Both have a few trails for those that like walking through the jungles. Manukan and Sapi are most developed, followed by Gaya. Sulug and Mamutik have almost no facilities. All islands have stunning beaches (though some are more crowded than others, especially during weekends) and all are surrounded by nice dive sites and snorkeling sites. Resorts and basic accommodation can be found at Gaya, Manukan and Mamutik.

14. Mulu National Park in Sarawak

Mulu National Park is one of Nature’s most spectacular achievements and the ‘Jewels in the Crown’ of Sarawak’s expanding network of the national park. It is also the largest national park, covering 544 sq km of the primary rainforest; which is crass-crossed by fast-flowing rivers and clear jungle streams. Mulu is dominated by three mountains – Gunung Mulu (2,376 m), Gunung Api (1,750 m) and Gunung Benarat (1,858 m). Yet many of Mulu’s greatest attractions lie deep below the surface. Hidden underneath the forested slopes of these mountains is one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world.

There are so many activities and tours for you to explore here.
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15. Bako National Park

The star of Bako National Park is undoubtedly the unique rock formation in the sea, which people called Cobra Sea Stack. The cobra head sea stack is best seen in the morning and during the low tide. Besides, there is much more to expect in Bako National Park!

As a national park, Bako offers the perfect introduction to Sarawak’s forests and wildlife. It is one of the smallest national parks in Sarawak, yet one of the most interesting, as it contains almost every type of vegetation found in Borneo. A well-maintained network of trails – from easy forest strolls to full-day jungle treks – allows visitors to get the most out of this unique environment.

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🇬🇧 Welcome to Borneo! We’d been looking forward to crossing over to Borneo for a while, although mainland Malasya was absolutey incredible and we loved every second of it! We’ve arrived about a week ago already, landed straight in Kuching and for the past couple of days we’ve been immersed in a Jane/Tarzan-like experience at the Bako National Park. That’s where we met this “little” fella, he’s a Proboscis Monkey, known for his long (very long) nose! What an amazing creature, what an incredible experience, what a beautiful adventure. How lucky are we, to be able to see the world this way? So pure, so natural, so free. . . 🇪🇸 Bienvenidos a Borneo! Nos ha encantado Malasia continental, hemos disfrutado cada segundo! Pero hace tiempo que teníamos muchas ganas de conocer Borneo, y aqui estamos! Llegamos hace poco mas de una semana, aterrizamos en Kuching y haste un par de días nos perdimos en la imensa bellez del Parque Nacional Bako. Fue ahi que nos hicimos amigos del Narigudo, un mono Proboscis que, como él, sólo hay 150 más en esta jungla! Que criatura increible, que experiencia inolvidable y que aventura alucinante! Que suerte tenemos, de poder ver este mundo de esta manera, tan natural, tan puro, tan real… tan libre. . . #borneo #bakonationalpark #proboscismonkey #naturelovers #trekking #exploretheworld #traveltheworld #travelinspiration #happy #love #wildlife #wildlifeperfection #intothewild #islandlife #naturalpark #jungle #forest #sustainability #visitmalaysia #healthycouple #healthylife #plasticfree #meatfree #explorer #backpacker #portugueses #portuguesaspelomundo #españolesporelmundo

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